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Family Interested in Alaska

PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 5:28 am
by disneygirl
Hello -

Our family of 4 is interested in coming to Alaska. I am the teacher of the family. My husband also teachers - music. I teach early childhood or lower elementary but am open. My strange question is this - most of my teaching life has been outside of the US. And when we still lived in the US, I taught in Preschools that did not require a teaching certification. So I do not have a teaching certificate and my BA is in Church Ministry with a focus on Children. (I have been working in classrooms for about 12 years - minus a few years off when my kids were born).

So I have a BA. I have teaching experience at an international school in China. I actually am a supervisor over our 3 and 4 year old classes this year, including overseeing 7 classrooms (English and Chinese teachers in each one), and curriculum writing.

I have read the requirements for Alaska and am starting to work on the ways to licensure, but I would love any advice anyone has. Especially on how to go about this from a nontraditional standpoint.

And any districts that would welcome a family (verses some that may not be able to accommodate a family), that would be helpful too. (Boys ages 5 and 7) We are not looking for the main 5 cities. We are open to a bush school. :)

Thank you to anyone who has advice! This is a first step!

Re: Family Intrested in Alaska

PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 3:57 pm
by Bushteachers
disneygirl wrote:Hello -

Our family of 4 is interested in coming to Alaska. I am the teacher of the family. My husband also teachers - music. I teach early childhood or lower elementary but am open. My strange question is this - most of my teaching life has been outside of the US. And when we still lived in the US, I taught in Preschools that did not require a teaching certification. So I do not have a teaching certificate and my BA is in Church Ministry with a focus on Children. (I have been working in classrooms for about 12 years - minus a few years off when my kids were born).

So I have a BA. I have teaching experience at an international school in China. I actually am a supervisor over our 3 and 4 year old classes this year, including overseeing 7 classrooms (English and Chinese teachers in each one), and curriculum writing.

I have read the requirements for Alaska and am starting to work on the ways to licensure, but I would love any advice anyone has. Especially on how to go about this from a nontraditional standpoint.

And any districts that would welcome a family (verses some that may not be able to accommodate a family), that would be helpful too. (Boys ages 5 and 7) We are not looking for the main 5 cities. We are open to a bush school. :)

Thank you to anyone who has advice! This is a first step!


Do you guys work for LDI in China?

You need to be certifiable, and one component there is completing an teacher ed program with student teaching. If you have not completed that, you will need to. Private schools are totally different than public school and I am almost certain 99% of bush schools are public (though there may be some that are private, since we have a private school here where I live).

If you go to https://www.eed.state.ak.us/TeacherCertification/you should find the info you need about certification. As far as your family, many bush districts love teaching couples, though it would be hard to find a full time job for the husband, unless you look at some of the larger hubs. However if your husband and you gain certificates (husband in other areas) you would be very marketable. Heck some school with less than 10 students would possibly hire you (if you had the proper certificates) to keep their school open.

Re: Family Intrested in Alaska

PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 6:52 pm
by disneygirl
Bushteachers wrote:
disneygirl wrote:Hello -

Our family of 4 is interested in coming to Alaska. I am the teacher of the family. My husband also teachers - music. I teach early childhood or lower elementary but am open. My strange question is this - most of my teaching life has been outside of the US. And when we still lived in the US, I taught in Preschools that did not require a teaching certification. So I do not have a teaching certificate and my BA is in Church Ministry with a focus on Children. (I have been working in classrooms for about 12 years - minus a few years off when my kids were born).

So I have a BA. I have teaching experience at an international school in China. I actually am a supervisor over our 3 and 4 year old classes this year, including overseeing 7 classrooms (English and Chinese teachers in each one), and curriculum writing.

I have read the requirements for Alaska and am starting to work on the ways to licensure, but I would love any advice anyone has. Especially on how to go about this from a nontraditional standpoint.

And any districts that would welcome a family (verses some that may not be able to accommodate a family), that would be helpful too. (Boys ages 5 and 7) We are not looking for the main 5 cities. We are open to a bush school. :)

Thank you to anyone who has advice! This is a first step!


Do you guys work for LDI in China?

You need to be certifiable, and one component there is completing an teacher ed program with student teaching. If you have not completed that, you will need to. Private schools are totally different than public school and I am almost certain 99% of bush schools are public (though there may be some that are private, since we have a private school here where I live).

If you go to https://www.eed.state.ak.us/TeacherCertification/you should find the info you need about certification. As far as your family, many bush districts love teaching couples, though it would be hard to find a full time job for the husband, unless you look at some of the larger hubs. However if your husband and you gain certificates (husband in other areas) you would be very marketable. Heck some school with less than 10 students would possibly hire you (if you had the proper certificates) to keep their school open.


Thank you Bushteachers! We work for SMIC Private school in Shanghai. I think my husband would be interested in teaching older kids. He is doing Elementary right now and I think he wouldn't mind a change. But I love the younger grades. We have two big motivations in this move - we want to make a difference through our teaching and we want to move somewhere our boys can grow up. So we want to find a place we can stay for awhile. Shanghai is an amazing place to live, but it is a very crowded big city (26+ Million people). My husband and I both grew up in rural areas in the L48 so we want to find some place not so big. Alaska has always held such an interest to us.

Thank you for your reply! I did find a program that I can complete for the certification and the program works with our school here for the student teaching. So I can have everything done before next school year.